If as a young man or woman with an interest in making a career out of artisanal or industrial work you attend a trade school, one of the first classes you could be registering for would be that of metal work. But at high school level, you would have been fortunate enough to have this class as one of your subject choices. And very much like your woodworking classes, your earliest lessons would be solely focused on just drawing and design work. But it would not be long after that that you would receive your earliest introductions to the business of custom metal manufacturing.
Custom metal manufacturing in its earliest phases, requires only the use of your own intuition and training. Of course, you will be required to make full use of handheld tools. And some of these tools would not even need the use of an electrical feed. But as you begin to appreciate how far and wide commerce and industry has spread over the years, you come to appreciate too that rudimentary use of tools and expertise is no longer sufficient. The work of custom metal manufacturing has become a lot more complex and sophisticated.
But fortunately for both the artisan and his customers, there is still plenty of room to maneuver in terms of preserving some form of artwork. One branch of custom metal working that allows this freedom of expression is that of metal welding. And for that, you can do a trade as well. It is a specialist trade alright and it requires a considerable number of years of training before you are fully qualified to go on as a professional. Finally, it might interest you to know that computer based training will also now be required.